Saturday, April 19, 2014

What a week!

This week has been fabulous!

First, I hosted my first ever blog hop and was amazed by what the participants created.


If you haven't already, take a few minutes and hop around.  Each lady did something different and absolutely stunning with the ribbon.

If I haven't said it already, I would like to say "THANK YOU" to all the participants.  Thank you for playing with me and for making it so fun to hop around.  Everything was beautiful.

Second, I received my black belt in Okinawan kobudo (weapons).


This test wasn't as nerve wracking as my last test, but I was still a bit worried.  Luckily, I didn't drop my nunchaku or toss my bo into the crowd.

It was also a bit nerve-wracking because my instructor's instructor attended, along with other "big dogs" who have been doing karate longer than I've been alive.

Everyone did a spectacular job, especially our two senior students testing for 4th black in kenpo.  They impressed the hanshis ("big dogs") so much that our senior students moved from 3rd black to 5th black -- an awesome promotion and well deserved.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shibori Ribbon Blog Hop

Today, I am so excited to host my first ever blog hop!

About a month ago, I gave away several 9 inch portions of shibori ribbon.

Shibori ribbon is made by Glennis Dolce, who uses a traditional technique to dye and create pleats in silk.  The result is a gorgeous ribbon with a ton of uses.

Definitely check out Glennis's bigcartel shop or her etsy shop.  The bigcartel shop also offers downloadable instructions and kits.

In preparing for this hop, I looked at many examples of projects using shibori ribbon.  You can see a sampling on my pinterest board.

I was taken with Glennis's shibori flowers and decided to try my hand at making one.


I paired the shibori flower with the flower part of Lisa Kan's Corsage Cuff, published in the February 2009 issue of Beadwork magazine.

I liked it so much that I made a hair clip.

The kiddo was kind enough to take an "action shot"


I just love the folds in the ribbon and how they move in and out.  I will definitely be playing with this ribbon more in the future.

Please take a few minutes and hop around to the participants.  I know you will love what they made.

Tanya - you are here
Maryanne
Alenka
Monique
Carolyn
Mary
Catherine
Christine
Sharyl
Therese

Monday, March 31, 2014

More earrings using Sharyl's components

I mentioned in this post that I have been working with Sharyl's components.  A few people mentioned that we made a good team.  I think they are right.  :)

I was able to meet Sharyl again for lunch and shopping.  Well, Sharyl was gracious enough to allow me to shop in her studio.

I came away with several goodies, which I promptly turned into earrings.



The two pairs above use metal links from Miss Fickle Media.

I ran out of links, so I tried making my own, using this tutorial from Miss Fickle Media.



They turned out pretty well.  Next time, I might try to patina the links.

I really love how Sharyl's metal and clay components work so well together.  The colors really play off of each other.

Definitely check out her shop.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rondo à la Byzantine

I'm still on a chain maille kick and, this time, I went for a hefty necklace.


This necklace combines helm and byzantine and makes a wonderful statement necklace.

I'm not sure if you can tell, but this version uses brass and copper rings.


The difference is subtle, but I love the earthy look.

It is a bit weighty, due to the metal rings.  An aluminum version would be lighter and look amazing.

The pattern is in Rebeca Mojica's book, Chained.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Shibori Ribbon Blog Hop Challenge Winners

First, I would like to extend a big "thank you" to everyone who left a comment.  This will be my first time hosting a blog hop and I was a bit scared that no one would want to play.

I am so grateful to all of you that picked six winners instead of five and give away the ribbon I was going to keep for myself.  (I ordered another for me to play with.)

I picked the winners the "old fashioned way":


Maryanne
Alenka
Monique
Carolyn
Mary
Catherine

Congratulations!  I have your packages ready to go and will send them out as soon as I get your addresses.  (If you don't have an email from me already, please let me know.)

Also, a few people commented that they had ribbon and wanted to play:

Christine (I sent a ribbon to Christine after our email conversation)
Sharyl
Therese
thisgirl

I am so excited to see what everyone does with their ribbons.

Stay tuned for the reveal -- April 14!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shibori ribbon blog hop challenge

Last week, I shared a pendant I made with shibori ribbon.


I had never worked with that type of ribbon before and really enjoyed it.

A few people commented that they had not seen shibori ribbon before and were interested in trying it out.

After an email conversation with Christine Altmiller, I decided to host a shibori ribbon challenge.

If you haven't played with shibori ribbon, you are in for a treat.  Shibori is a silk ribbon with accordion like folds running down the length of the ribbon.  You can stretch it (width wise) or scrunch it or both.  I've seen it used mostly for bead embroidery, but I think it could be used in many other ways.


I have 5 pieces of shibori ribbon up for grabs.  Each piece is 9" in length -- perfect for a bracelet or for a couple of pendants.

The rules:
   *  Leave a comment below if you would like to play -- be sure I have a way to contact you
   *  You do not need to have a blog.  I would be happy to show your work on my blog
   *  You do not have to be a bead weaver or learn to embroider.  I would love to see different ideas on how to use the ribbon.
   *  You have to use the ribbon in some way, but you don't have to make a piece of jewelry if you don't want to.
   *  I will pick winners randomly from the comments the morning of Monday, March 10 and (hopefully) send the ribbons out the next day.
   *  If you are not chosen, but have shibori ribbon, you are welcome to play along.
   *  The reveal will  be Monday, April 14.
   *  Above all, have fun and try something new!

If you've never worked with shibori ribbon and are wondering exactly how to use it, I found this link helpful when I started working on my pendant.

I have also started a pinterest board to spark our imaginations.

I hope you can join me!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Starbust Pendant in Bead Me Magazine

Last year, Allison from Bead Me Magazine asked if I would be part of their Bead Soup feature.  I never have to be asked twice and said "yes."

I made this pendant using a bead soup from Fusion Beads that featured superduo beads, crystal bicones, pearls and seed beads.


Allison liked the pendant and asked me to write up instructions.

I am please to say that my pendant was published in issue 6 of Bead Me Magazine.


It's even inset on the cover.  :)


I was bowled over to see the page featuring my pendants.  They look so yummy!

Right now, issue 6 is free from Apples's app store.  There are several great projects in it.  Definitely check it out.